Dalum Dis­patch

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS! - Ger­ald Ras­mussen 403-823-2036

My faith in our com­mu­nity spirit was re­stored last week when a large and en­thu­si­as­tic crew of vol­un­teers turned out to have the grounds of the church, com­mu­nity hall, fire hall and park all look­ing nice for the Canada Day week­end. With hot and dry weather pre­dicted for the days ahead it may be a while be­fore we gather again for an­other grass cut­ting bee but there is some work to be done at the camp kitchen which will re­quire a small group of work­ers with some car­pen­try skills. Mike Oster­gard com­mented to me that he was not the one who built the four pic­nic ta­bles which were re­cently re­paired at the Cen­ten­nial Park and I now won­der if they were part of the orig­i­nal project in 1967. Does any­one re­mem­ber?

In spite of the Satur­day storm which forced the re-sched­ul­ing of the fire­works dis­play in Drumheller, the Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions of­fered ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment for the thou­sands who at­tended and those who came back on Sun­day night to watch the fire­works were treated to an ex­cep­tional show on a beau­ti­ful evening. The Dalum Fire crew was once again in­cluded in the pa­rade and Don Petersen con­tin­ued to do his part in pre­sent­ing the Kins­men pan­cake break­fast. Don is one of those people who lives up to the saying “if you want some­thing done, ask a busy man to do it”.

July first was also a big day for the San­dum fam­ily when Shayla San­dum mar­ried Drew Tol­man of the Rum­sey area. The wed­ding cer­e­mony took place at the home of Harold and Pauline Lund where Shayla was de­liv­ered to her groom in a horse drawn buggy which had been re­stored by Grandpa Harold. Sup­per and a dance fol­lowed at the San­dum farm where the party go­ers also rec­og­nized Harold on the oc­ca­sion of his 85th birth­day. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the new­ly­weds with hope that they might cel­e­brate their Golden Wed­ding An­niver­sary on Canada’s Bi-Cen­ten­nial.

The com­mu­nity hall and park were busy last week­end when the Hunter fam­ily, which has been well known in Drumheller and area for decades, held their fam­ily re­union at Dalum. Part of their fes­tiv­i­ties in­cluded plac­ing an en­try in the Canada Day pa­rade un­der the ban­ner of “The Hunter – Clarke Ex­pe­di­tion, 1745 to 2017”. Their Cana­dian fam­ily his­tory which be­gan with the ar­rival of an early an­ces­tor in 1745 was dis­played in the com­mu­nity hall while many of the guests made their week­end home at our Cen­ten­nial Park where there was room for sev­eral trail­ers and tents in­side the pic­nic area with more space avail­able out­side. This is good news for those for­mer Dalum folks who will be bring­ing cam­pers, tents and trail­ers next year when Dalum cel­e­brates 100 years as an or­ga­nized com­mu­nity. With the 2017 pa­rade at front of mind, talk has be­gun in re­gard to Dalum plac­ing a com­mu­nity cen­ten­nial float in the 2018 Canada Day pa­rade; ideas any­one?

It was nice to see the ball di­a­mond in use on Sun­day evening when the Reif­f­en­stein fam­ily and guests were able to fill the spa­ces on the field with a few ex­tra bod­ies serv­ing as spec­ta­tors. Some of the lit­tle bat­ters showed such good hit­ting skills that the older in­field­ers just could not get the ball to first base in time for the out.

Julie Reif­f­en­stein re­ports that the an­nual Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School is sched­uled for the evenings of July 18, 19, and 20 at Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church in Dalum. The pro­gram will be or­ga­nized and pre­sented by a youth group from “Lord of All” Lutheran Church of Strath­more with the ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place be­tween 6:30 and 8:30 pm each evening. The pro­gram is open to all chil­dren from the age of four and older and for more in­for­ma­tion those in­ter­ested may con­tact Julie or Pas­tor Dan Hen­drick­son.

A re­minder to the many friends of the An­der­sen fam­ily that the memo­rial ser­vice for Svend will take place on Satur­day, July 8, at the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church at Dalum. The ser­vice is sched­uled to be­gin at 11:00 a.m. with a lun­cheon to fol­low at the com­mu­nity hall.

A baby shower for Ali Marie Doyle will take place at the home of Karen McMil­lan on Sun­day af­ter­noon, July 16, be­gin­ning at about 1:00 pm. The proud par­ents are Jenny (n. Palle­sen) and Travis Doyle.

The birth­day list this week in­cludes greet­ings to the for­mer Gail Ped­er­sen who shared her birth­date with her late fa­ther, Helge; to Jeff Ras­mussen, Svend Dahl, and San­dra Ko­hut (n. Turner), and with be­lated con­grat­u­la­tions to Robert Jack­son who of­fi­cially be­came a se­nior cit­i­zen a cou­ple of weeks ago. Best wishes to all.

In clos­ing here are some wise words from the Gen­tle­man’s Guide: “Be­ing a male is a mat­ter of birth and be­ing a man is a mat­ter of age but be­ing a gen­tle­man is a mat­ter of choice”.

You may con­tinue to call Ger­ald Ras­mussen at 403-823-2036 with your news items or, e-mail to ger­mar70@magtech.ca.

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